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  Electron gun design

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I have a question about electron guns. I have read a lot, and all designs use high NEGATIVE voltage (-1000v for example). Is possible to use high POSITIVE voltage like this drawing?. Or do you think it will not work this way?
Considering that all the chamber walls are at ground voltage (0v) in both cases

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asked May 25, 2019 in Closed Questions by anonymous [ no revision ]
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Yes, it will work, but not in a permanent way. When your system emits electrons for a long period, it gets charged positively, so the emitted elecrtons are more and more get attracted to the system. This phenomenon is called a vitrual cathode. You must make a closed loop for emitted electrons in order to keep the system neutral.

answered May 27, 2019 by Vladimir Kalitvianski (102 points) [ no revision ]

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